5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Experiences Over Materials

We’re fast approaching the end of 2015 and there’s no doubt we live in an exciting era where people, particularly Generation Y, are beginning to place more importance on experiences rather than materials. In the pursuit of lasting happiness, it’s no longer about who’s got the latest iPhone, trendiest clothing or the shiniest car. Yes, […]

5 Tips to Maintain Your Health on the Road

Staying fit and healthy is a task in itself when you’ve got routine. Yet, when routine is gloriously thrown out of the window and you ar faced with the alien situations of a backpacker’s lifestyle, you can’t even call where your next meal will come from. Here’s a several valuable points worth considering: 1. Hydration Whether […]

Why You Should Try Hitchhiking At Least Once In Your Life

Whenever I ask people why they haven’t tried hitch-hiking before, I usually know the answer before it’s been said. If it’s a guy, he’s probably going to say something about it being really uncomfortable sharing a ride with a stranger, not to mention the possibility of becoming a serial killer’s next victim (I can’t blame […]

6 Tips for Starting a Business While Travelling the World

It’s clearly very hard to start a business. But it’s even harder to start one while you are travelling the world. That’s what I’m currently doing with Podstel. What started as a passion project, which I’ve carried in my backpack for 2 years, has slowly evolved into a small passionate Team with a laser focus: […]

7 Random Things We Learnt About Greece

Late January 2015 I rocked up to Greece ready for an adventurous trip around Europe with Team Podstel. I’d done a little Google search into things to do and places to see beforehand but, as I always say, you never really can understand a country and all its oddities until you’re there breathing in the […]

5 Things You Should Know Before Your First Hitch

It was a November morning in Canterbury, England in 2009. Rob and I were standing on the side of the road, shivering in our charity-shop jumpers, our colourful, inherited-from-the eighties backpacks adorning the pavement by our feet. We held out our thumbs hopefully to the steady stream of traffic passing us by. Most ignored us. […]

5 Things Podstel Learnt About Serbia

Serbia has been a very interesting stop off on Podstel’s Road to Berlin. We’d done a quick Google search into things to do and places to see beforehand but you can never truly understand a country and all its eccentricities until you’re really there, breathing its air. Our love affair with Serbia began within the […]

Why iBike the Balkans

“And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly.” – Paulo Coelho Story Get on your bike because Podstel and iBikeBelgrade are about to take you on an action-packed and adrenaline-filled biking adventure off the beaten track, right through the unchartered heartland of Serbia. A […]

5 Realisations from Cycling Serbia

“Speed propels the vitality of life. Attitude controls it. Momentum maintains it. Patience protects it. Leadership guides it. And entelechy unleashes it.” – A Wise Man. Here we go again – another great PodVenture for Team Podstel. We’re proud to say we’ve teamed up with iBikeBelgrade to cycle an immense 5-day, 250km loop around North […]

Squatting Serbia – How To Turn Fear Into Diamonds

In this memoir of a night spent in a Serbian squat, Team Podstel’s Lyndsay speaks honestly about fear of the unknown and the importance of getting over it. Squatting (vb.) the practice of settling on or occupying property, especially otherwise unoccupied property, without any title, right or payment of rent. I’d like to begin by […]

Serbia Podventure: An Introduction

Podstel says здраво to Serbia as group of 6 British backpacker-entrepreneurs arrive on journey across Europe to start hostel business. Set to open its doors in Berlin, Germany in early 2016 and with a focus on inspiring and empowering guests to follow and achieve their dreams, Podstel certainly is a backpacker’s hostel chain with a […]

What I Learned from Breaking My Hitching Virginity

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”- Charles Swindoll The rule of thumb  I recently set myself a huge challenge. A challenge that would become the biggest test of character I’ve experienced, and one that would change my whole perspective on humanity. Days of Firsts A day with […]

Why Being Courageous Will Change Your Life

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Anonymous My Courageous Decision  I recently made a life changing and courageous decision to quit my job in the city, turning my back on the corporate rat race to join Team Podstel. But why… To turn my passions into a career; and To live out my […]

34 Random Acts of Kindness That Cost You Nothing

Since Podstel are trying to incorporate as many Random Acts of Kindness into our Europe trip as possible, I thought it’d be a good idea to write a blog of 34 moneyless Random Acts of Kindness that you can carry out in everyday life to make someone else’s life a little bit better. Donate blood. […]

On the Right Side of the Road

“Your actions speak so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying.” – Ralph Waldo EmersonIf today was your last day on this planet, what would you do?“Sam, we’re going on a 3000km motorbike adventure across Vietnam.” He laughed it off and told me to go easy on the Rum. Fast forward 2 weeks – […]

Working Outback Oz

For the Curious Mind – An Authentic Travel Story – Working the Harvest, Outback Australia“Everything popular is wrong.” – Oscar WildeI begin talking to you on Monday 28th October 2013. Lets set the scene. I’ve somehow landed in outback Australia working for a grain company as a “shit shoveller” (that’s how the boss puts it). It’s […]